We selected a former dentist’s office, architecturally undistinguished, and set up to rely heavily on air conditioning to keep it comfortable. As with any client, we had to test what was most important to us in light of a modest construction budget and a need to move into the new building as quickly as possible. Through discussion, we settled on the importance of making space that pushed sustainable design as far as we could and improved the environmental quality of our surroundings. Reusing an energy-inefficient building offered us the opportunity to test out many ideas we had about regenerative bioclimatic design; we were our own skunkworks. From a form-making perspective, we wanted to heighten a viewer’s awareness of the transformed building to its site, and the site to the neighborhood. Given how car-dominated the urban experience of Phoenix is, we wanted to create a caesura, a rest that provides separation and makes the whole more apparent.